Play dough is one of the simplest, yet best ways to encourage children to use their imagination and develop fine motor skills. In my experience as an early childhood educator, children gain so much from being able to model, create and express themselves through play dough.
It really is a fantastic way to encourage hours of open ended play and learning. To add another dimension to moulding shapes and objects, throw in some cookie cutters, stamped rollers or anything that will leave a pattern. Children will go bonkers!
Parents often comment that play dough is hard to make because it becomes too dry or doesn’t mix properly. I am going to show you how to make the best play dough you and your loved one have ever had.
And best of all, it is perfectly safe for children and will take less than 10mins to make.
2 cups plain flour
4 tablespoons Cream of Tartar
1 cup salt
2 cups boiling water
3.5 tablespoons cooking oil
A couple of drops of your favourite food colouring (or natural dye)
1. Combine dry ingredients together in a large bowl
2. Add water, oil and food colouring and mix using a spoon until combined
3. Use your hands to knead dough and to ensure it is thoroughly mixed. I like to use gloves because the mix can be a bit hot.
4. Give to children and join in on the fun!
The secret to this recipe is in the oil. The oil will prevent your dough from having a dehydrated feel and make it last longer when its being played with.
Play dough will dry out in the air, so it’s best to store it wrapped in cling wrap.
To shake things up a little, you can use a variety of colours. Try mixing food colouring together to create new colours or adding sparkles to the mix.
Now you have the basic recipe, your play dough is only limited by your imagination.
For more great ideas, check out Boab Toys online